Located on the west side of the Izu peninsula, Heda is one of those small Japanese fishing villages that time seems to have left alone. Granted in Heda you will find some very impressive fishing boats alongside some rather modest ones, but the place has something hard to describe that makes it unique. It feels […]

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Located between Shirahama beach and Dogashima, Tsumekizaki is a gorgeous seaside park that has several great walking paths, an incredibly diverse garden and an old lighthouse with a stunning view of the surrounding ocean. Somehow more difficult to access than any other place, Tsumekizaki Park is still the ideal place to go for anyone who’s […]

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Dosgashima, over time, has become hugely popular among both Japanese and foreign tourists.It is most famous for its dramatic stone formations and gorgeous landscape shaped by the lava flow from nearby volcanoes that erupted many centuries ago. While most people tend to limit their visit to Dogahima itself, with its many restaurants and onsens, the […]

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Alongside Shimoda and its many gorgeous beaches, Shirahama Beach comes in a close second. Famous among surfers this 800m long beach is EXTREMELY popular in summer, and we can’t stress the word popular enough here! During July and August you may have a hard time finding a decent spot to lay down your summer gear, […]

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Located along the east coast of Izu towards Shimoda on route 135, Shimoda hides a gorgeous little shrine sitting right by the beach. Although it is rather small in size, the Shirahama Shrine is none the less full of surprises. Accessible by a small bridge, the shrine’s entrance will welcome you with a large red […]

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English Depending on where you are getting your information from, Matsumoto Castle in Nagano is either the second or third most beautiful castle in Japan, and to be fair, we cannot disagree here! Located about 220km away from Tokyo it is considered to be one of Japan’s most important national treasures. Built in the 16th […]

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English With around 8,000 cherry trees mostly located along the Kawazu River, the Kawazu Sakura Festival (Kawazu-zakura Matsuri) is one of Japan’s most famous places for early cherry trees blossom viewing or hanami. Located on the Izu Peninsula, Kawazu and its Sakura festival attract almost two million visitors each year from mid-February through mid-March. According […]

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English Located half an hour by car from the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, Suzaka is a quaint historical town featuring a few museums like the “Nobutaka Oka Collection Suzaka Classic Museum” also known as the Suzaka Classic Museum. Calling this place a “museum” is actually inaccurate and don’t expect too much, however if you always […]

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English Shirakawa-Go would be just another pretty Japanese village if it was not for its world famous Gassho-zukuri farmhouses. True to their original design and nature, most Gassho-zukuri farmhouses in Shirakawa-Go are not more than 200 years old and are often renovated to make sure that their unique thatched roofs keep the farmhouse owners safe […]

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English Not only beautiful in winter by day, the Ogimachi village of Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawago), turns on the lights at night for a few days each January, to become a life-size Light Sculpture. Magical? In pictures the answer is most definitely yes, but in real life the place is crowded with so many tourists, it resembles […]

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English Declared a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawago) is one of the hottest Japanese tourist spots that is hard to miss. Located in the remote mountains of Gifu prefecture, Shirakawa-Go is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses with some as old as 250 years. Shirakawa-Go’s most famous village, and the one featured […]

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English Jigokudani Yaen-koen, known for its many onsen (hot spring baths), is located in the Yokoyu valley of Nagano prefecture. Like the humans that come to bathe, there is a large population of Japanese Macaques (“snow monkeys”) that also bathe in the hot springs. First opened in 1964, Jigokudani Yaen-koen and more precisely Jigokudani Onsen […]

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